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post #1 of 14 Old 08-25-2010, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
gold fish tank mates

i might begetting a 55 gallon tank to house my goldfish from my pond in the winter and was wondering what tankmates would be good.i would not put them into the pond,just the goldfish.
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-25-2010, 04:44 PM
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I dont think there's anything...

Goldfish are messy, and that on top of cold water...

White clouds come to mind if you had good enough filtration, but they're small enough that the goldfish would eat them.

I think the only good tankmate for a goldfish is... a goldfish.

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post #3 of 14 Old 08-25-2010, 04:46 PM
pleco would be a good thing to have.GF have lots of waste and it will cause algae if the filter isn't enough to clean the waste.the pleco will eat certain algae but not all.

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post #4 of 14 Old 08-25-2010, 04:49 PM
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Pleco are tropical. They won't do well in the cooler water that goldies require.

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post #5 of 14 Old 08-25-2010, 05:08 PM
well they are hardy we even keep them in ponds here but i'm not sure how they are there.

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4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #6 of 14 Old 08-25-2010, 05:13 PM
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Looking at a map, penang is pretty close to the equator... So it would make sense they would work well in a pond in the tropics.

That's not really cold-water, even if it is a pond.

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post #7 of 14 Old 08-25-2010, 05:19 PM
wont he have a heater or something for the goldies?

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4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #8 of 14 Old 08-25-2010, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
i was hoping that goldfish wasnt the answer :(. goldfish are cold water fish.hence why they need no heater
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post #9 of 14 Old 08-26-2010, 05:55 PM
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Bristlenose Pleco can live in water as low as the 60s. In the profile from this site it says 62. Im guessing your house wont drop much lower than that if it does at all and since youre not putting a heater in it then itll be room temp. the only thing is that Goldfish are already a messy fish and a pleco is also on the messy side. You will need to do a lot of water changes and have a strong filter in there. I personally would just do the Goldfish.
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Bristlenose plecos and dojo loaches are appropriate choices however, please consider having a filter with 10x turnover rate as you'll be dealing with additional bioload. In general, goldfish kept in tanks are fine with 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit range. That's within tolerance limits for several species of plecos (although not all species are advisable with goldfish) and dojo loaches.

What strain are these goldfish anyway, James? How big are they?

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